Staff (Alphabetical)

 

Andrew Suitter: Podcast Coordinator

Andrew Suitter is a graduate of Vanderbilt's Divinity School and has served at the chapel since 2010. Currently, Andrew helps coordinate Sunday morning worship podcasts for those listening near and far. Andrew was ordained to the priesthood in June 2017. Email Andrew Suitter at Andrew@staugustineschapel.org.

Becca Stevens: Chaplain and Pastoral Leadership

Becca Stevens has served as the chaplain for more than 20 years.  Her passion is healing communities and she hopes to foster that spirit among the wonderful and diverse folks that gather.  Becca Stevens is an author, speaker, priest, social entrepreneur, founder and president of Thistle Farms. Her newest book, "Love Heals," was released in September 2017.
Becca lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their three sons.  For Becca's more extensive bio and to learn about her work through Thistle Farms, please click Becca Stevens. Email Becca Stevens at Contactbecca@thistlefarms.org.

bonnie smith whitehouse: President of the Advisory Board

Bonnie Smith Whitehouse serves as the volunteer chair of the St. Augustine's Advisory Board which is charged with handling the secular matters of the Chapel, just as a vestry would do for a parish. Bonnie is a cradle Episcopalian, a graduate of Sewanee, and an alumna of Camp Gailor-Maxon, the TN Episcopal summer camp. She's Professor of English and Director of Honors at Belmont University, and author of Afoot and Lighthearted: A Journal for Mindful Walking. When she moved to Nashville, she wandered into St. A's and never left. Bonnie and her husband Ben love raising their boys Henry and Peter at St. A's. Email Bonnie at bonnie.smith@belmont.edu.

Chris Roberts: MUsic Leadership

Chris is the musical director for St. Augustine's Chapel.  He is responsible for coordinating the hymns and  musicians for services. He is also a father of two awesome girls; husband to an awesome wife; singer/Songwriter with songs recorded for films/tv/artists; Golfer; Fly fisherman. From Montana. Email Chris Roberts at discohiker@comcast.net.

Christy Beesley: Director of Youth and Communications

Christy assists with liturgical duties, coordinates the youth Sunday School classes, youth programming, communications, website, and other areas at St. A's. Christy is a cradle Episcopalian and native Nashvillian. Christy is involved with youth ministry through Camp Gailor-Maxon, DuBose Conference Center, the Diocese of Tennessee, and Province IV. Email Christy Beesley at christy@staugustineschapel.org.

Dave RAgland: Music Leadership

Dave Ragland (daveragland.com) is the founder and Artistic Director of Inversion Vocal Ensemble. Dave made his theatre directorial debut in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Regional). Dave made his Nashville Opera debut in David Lang’s The Difficulty of Crossing a Field. Dave is an active composer who most recently published his first book Spirituals & Art Songs Vol. 1. Orchestrations have been performed by Jonathan Blanchard and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Intersection Contemporary Ensemble, and Diaspora Orchestra. Dave is a native of Chattanooga, TN and proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Email Dave Ragland at eraglandjr@yahoo.com.

Don Welch: Board Member, Volunteer, and CCJ & Larkspur Liaison

Don received his Ph.D. in Religion from Vanderbilt.  After working for the University for 35 years, he retired from the Law School faculty and now fills his days volunteering in a variety of administrative areas at the Chapel.  He has served as Treasurer, and is the liaison from CCJ and Larkspur Conservation to the staff.  He is married to Celeste Reed, with whom he shares seven children. Email Don Welch at donwelch9@gmail.com.

Francisco GarcIa: Clergy

Francisco García is a PhD student at Vanderbilt University, focusing on Theological Studies and Ethics. A priest and former community and labor organizer, he’s excited to be joining the St. A’s community in a preaching, teaching, and organizing capacity. Prior to his doctoral studies, he served as an Episcopal school chaplain, and in leadership roles at two parishes--most recently as the Rector of Holy Faith Episcopal Church, a multiracial, multilingual congregation in Inglewood, California. He can be reached at fgarcia608@gmail.com.

Greg Bieck: MUsic LeaderShip

Greg Bieck is a multi-talented musician, producer, composer, and engineer.  He is the Chapel's organist, primary piano accompanist, and a regular with the St. Augustine Ramblers. He is married to Alisa Bieck and has two girls,Genevieve and Marjorie. Email Greg Bieck at bieckmusic@hotmail.com.

Hannah Meyers: Music LEadership

Hannah Meyers is the Children and Youth Choir Director at St. Augustine's Episcopal Chapel. She is also a founding member and lead vocalist for The Bittersweets (Compass Records). Hannah studied music and vocal performance at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington and later earned her Masters and Montessori Certification at Belmont University. Prior to joining the staff, Hannah served as a teacher at a local Montessori school. She is married to Chris Meyers. They have two boys, Milo and Zeke. Email Hannah Meyers at hannah@staugustineschapel.org.

Ian Cron: volunteer priest

Scholar-in-Residence, Ian is a bestselling author, speaker, psychotherapist, and priest. His books include The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery, the novel Chasing Francis, and the spiritual memoir Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me. Ian draws on an array of disciplines—from psychology to the arts, Christian spirituality to theology—to help people enter more deeply into conversation with God and the mystery of their own lives. Ian and his wife Anne have three children and live in Franklin. Email Ian Cron at imc@iancron.com.

Jes Williams: ChaPel Coordinator/Children's ProgramMING Assistant

Jes wears a number of hats at St. Augustine's including overseeing schedule and logistics for Chapel events, tending to the Chapel building, coordinating women's group events, and assisting with children programming, In addition, Jes is a certified spiritual director. Email Jes WIlliams at jes@staugustineschapel.org.

Kristin McWilliams: Executive Assistant to Becca Stevens

Kristin is the Executive Assistant to The Rev. Becca Stevens. Kristin is a 2015 Thistle Farms residential graduate and grateful Thistle farmer. Kristin has 3 beautiful girls and a loving husband. Email Kristin McWilliams at kristin@thistlefarms.org.

LOGAN POLLOCK: CANTERBURY INTERN

Logan is a Belmont University alum and a recent graduate of the University of St. Andrews Divinity School. He is assisting Susan with our college ministry, Canterbury Circle, helping to coordinate bible studies, book discussions, shared meals, and fun outings for college students of greater Nashville.

Mary Murphy: Chaplain of the Center for Contemplative Justice, recovery eucharist, and recovery circle 

Mary serves as chaplain of the Recovery Eucharist and the Center for Contemplative Justice. She is managing editor of Tending the Fire Quarterly, a CCJ publication that addresses topics on faith and justice. Mary received her M Div from Vanderbilt Divinity School in May 2018. She is married to Doug Murphy and they have two children: Richard and Megan. Email Mary Murphy at mary@staugustineschapel.org.

Michael Kelsh: Music Leadership

Steve Earle once said that "Michael Kelsh sings in a whisper that makes you want to listen more closely, so you can divine the secret - his songs." For more than a decade, Michael and the Ramblers have provided the  soundtrack for worship at St. Augustine's. Email Michael Kelsh at michaelkelsh@earthlink.net.

Peggy McMurray: Director of Finance

Peggy serves as Staff Director of Finance.  She recently completed a 4 year term on the Bishop and Council for the Diocese of TN.  Peggy has 2 children and 3 beautiful grandchildren - Anna, Coleman and Dudley. Email Peggy McMurray at peggy.mcmurray@comcast.net.

Sarah Yandell: Children's Nursery Coordinator

Sarah has been a member of St. Augustine's Chapel for 20 years and has been taking care of St. A's kids just as long. Along with being the children's nursery coordinator, Sarah service as the head catchiest in the Level I classroom. During the day, she is a lawyer who works in risk management at a law firm.  Her hobbies include taking her daughter Bella places, picking Bella up from places, and running errands for....Bella. Email Sarah Yandell at sarahnoelyandell@gmail.com.

Scott Owings: Associate Chaplain and Pastoral Leadership

Scott was ordained to the priesthood in 2015 and has been serving at St. A's since that time. His areas of involvement include spiritual direction, preaching, pastoral care, leading the contemplative Eucharist, chairing the CCJ, overseeing our graduate interns, and is the point person for our efforts in Botswana. (And anything else Becca doesn't want to do!) Prior to Scott's coming to St. A's, he worked as a Hospice Chaplain, Missionary in Eastern Europe, and Professor of Missions and Ministry at Lipscomb University. He is married to Lisa and they have three adult children: Alex, Eric, and Joy. For fun, Scott loves to explore the mystery of dreams, drink coffee, and talk football and contemplation. Email Scott Owings at scott@staugustineschapel.org.

SERENA SIDES: CLERGY

Serena assists Becca and Scott with worship, pastoral care, adult education, and other clergy responsibilities. She comes to us from Washington, DC, where she worked for over two years as Assistant Rector at Christ Church, Washington Parish. She was ordained to the priesthood in 2017, after working for 14 years as a corporate lawyer and in national security in New York City and Washington, DC. Serena is married to John Sides, Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, and they live not far from St. A's with their school-aged children, Ethan and Hannah.

Susan Ferguson: Director of Community Life and Education

Susan oversees all of our children's programs including Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Vacation Bible School, and children's church. Susan also works with students on Vanderbilt and Belmont campuses. Additionally, she plans chapel events such as the annual baseball outing, Easter egg hunt and reception, and the annual church retreat. She is the mother of two teen-aged daughters, Lizzie and Cate. Email Susan Ferguson at susan@staugustineschapel.org.